There is nothing more beautiful in this life than a good friendship. When I was a teenager, my mother held out her hand, spread her five fingers wide, and said to me, “If you find five true friends in your lifetime, you will have lived a life infinitely blessed.” At the time, I thought it was a little strange because I had so many friends, but as the years have passed, my mothers’s wisdom has become more and more apparent.
The question I have struggled with over the years is, “What constitutes a true friend?” Perhaps it would be helpful for you to pause for a moment and reflect. Who are your true friends? What makes them good friends?
As a child, I thought friendship was about hanging out together all the time and sticking up for each other when others were critical or cruel. In my adolescence, I thought a true friend was someone who liked everything you liked and never did anything to upset you. But as an adult, I have learned that the defining quality of a true friendship is when the other person encourages you to be all you can be, challenges you with the truth in things you may not see and pushes you to become the-best-version-of-yourself, and vice versa.
What sort of people do you like being with? What types of people give you energy?
As I look at my life and over the years, there are certain people who I yearn to spend time with. Some days, when I see a commercial advertising travel, my mind goes through a list of cities that I would like to visit. In my imaginings I either want to go to a place where one of my dear friends live or I want to go to a place I have never been; having that experience with good friends.
I love being around people who are constantly striving to better themselves. They energize me. They inspire me. They challenge me.
Socially, I try to surround myself with people who make me want to be a better person. I admit they are not easy to find, but when you do find them, they are more precious than any treasure or pleasure this world has to offer.
Today I made this card thinking of one of my dear friends… Enjoy!
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